Petition for Sexuality Rights in Malaysia sign now

We, the undersigned, call upon the Malaysian Government to stop policing the moral and sexual practices and behaviour of Malaysian citizens; and violating the human rights of Malaysians by persecuting them for engaging in behaviours such as cross-dressing and (for women) dressing in 'unacceptable' ways; or sexual practices such as consensual anal and oral sex.

There are a whole host of laws which are used by the State to control and regulate the sexual and moral behaviours and practices of Malaysians. These include:

• Section 377A of the Penal Code which defines sodomy (or anal intercourse) and fellatio (oral sex) as 'unnatural offences'. Those convicted of these acts – whether in consensual or non-consensual situations – can be sentenced to up to 20 years jail and whipped.
• The Minor Offences Act which can be used against those whom the authorities view as behaving "inappropriately" in public.
• Syariah laws which criminalise 'khalwat' (being in close proximity with a person of the opposite sex who is not a relation) and 'zina' (adultery); as well as cross-dressing and homosexual sex.

While we understand that some people disapprove of these acts or behaviours, we believe that these are essentially matters of personal conscience, and it should be left to the persons concerned to decide on them for themselves. It is not the State's role to play moral guardian to the people or to dictate to them how they should express their sexuality.

There have been many instances in which the State has persecuted Malaysians on the grounds of alleged sexual or moral misconduct. These include:

• The 12-day jail term imposed on four women dancers at Zouk Nightclub in 2004, who were charged with behaving inappropriately in public.
• The raid at Zouk Nightclub in 2005 where religious authorities rounded up Muslim patrons and detained them at their headquarters for up to 10 hours on the grounds assessing whether they had flouted Islamic laws of behaviour. The women patrons, for example, were forced to parade in front of the religious officers, ostensibly so that the officers could ascertain whether they were dressed appropriately according to Islamic regulations.
• The persistent harassment of transsexuals and transvestites by the police and religious officers. The case of Ayu, a male-to-female transsexual who was seriously assaulted by state religious officers in Malacca in 2007, to the point that she had to have emergency abdominal operation, is an example of the brutality which members of this community have been subjected to by the authorities. The recurrent raids of functions and gatherings organized by transsexual communities also constitute serious harassment.
• The arrest of politician Anwar Ibrahim in 1998 and 2008 on the charge of sodomy.

We see such incidents as constituting a violation of human rights by the State; and as being in direct contravention to international standards such as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights which states that no one should be discriminated against for any reason.

We stress that this issue is a larger one than that of 'gay rights.' The laws on sodomy and fellatio, for example, means that heterosexuals who engage in these practices can also be targeted, not just homosexuals. And whether or not one is directly affected by these laws, the fact that the State is violating the human rights of many citizens on the grounds of sexual and moral misconduct should be of concern to all who support social justice.

We call upon the Malaysian Government to:

• abolish all laws that criminalise sexual practices between consenting adults.
• dismantle State institutions or initiatives that were established with the purpose of regulating and monitoring people's sexual or moral behaviour in consensual situations.
• cease all persecution of and discrimination against sexual minorities such as homosexuals, bisexuals, intersexed, transsexuals and transvestites, and transgendered people.

Initiated by:
Alina Rastam, Shanon Shah and tan beng hui

Sign The Petition

Sign with Facebook

If you already have an account please sign in, otherwise register an account for free then sign the petition filling the fields below.
Email and the password will be your account data, you will be able to sign other petitions after logging in.

Privacy in the search engines? You can use a nickname:

Attention, the email address you supply must be valid in order to validate the signature, otherwise it will be deleted.

I confirm registration and I agree to Usage and Limitations of Services

I confirm that I have read the Privacy Policy

I agree to the Personal Data Processing


Who signed this petition saw these petitions too:

Sign The Petition

Sign with Facebook

If you already have an account please sign in


I confirm registration and I agree to Usage and Limitations of Services

I confirm that I have read the Privacy Policy

I agree to the Personal Data Processing

Goal reached !
800 / 100

Latest Signatures

  • 06 December 2015800. Impaljit Kj
    I support this petition
  • 06 December 2015799. Yvonne Tanchinn
    I support this petition
  • 05 December 2015798. Sk T
    State/Country Malaysia Stop sexual discrimination!
  • 04 December 2015797. Susan L
    State/Country Selangor, Malaysia. To reach the Malaysian Vision 2020 never too late to include removing gender blindness
  • 03 December 2015796. Clement C
    I support this petition
  • 24 November 2015795. Kymn Shaffer
    I support this petition
  • 21 November 2015794. Johan S
    I support this petition
  • 20 November 2015793. Ivy Hosiewy
    State/Country Penang, Malaysia Sexual preference is a personal choice and shld b respected
  • 18 November 2015792. Shauna M
    I support this petition
  • 02 November 2015791. Clarence S
    State/Country Kuala Lumpur Kudos!
  • 13 October 2015790. Emily S
    State/Country MALAYSIA I only got 1 life to live. How I choose to live my life, its my choice. Not the government or the states.
  • 13 October 2015789. Sumita Glenn
    State/Country India in solidarity
  • 17 September 2015788. Chen Yokep
    I support this petition
  • 10 September 2015787. Conboy Norris
    I support this petition
  • 07 September 2015786. Ooi C
    I support this petition
  • 05 September 2015785. Joey Rocha
    State/Country Malaysia I'm glad this is happening! It's about time something has to be done about homophobia and LGBT discrimination.
  • 02 September 2015784. Robin N
    I support this petition
  • 28 August 2015783. Francis N
    State/Country Malaysia I sokong
  • 25 August 2015782. Lawrence Higgins
    I support this petition
  • 24 August 2015781. Jennifer G
    I support this petition
  • 21 August 2015780. Yipsiewkeen Mcpherson
    I support this petition
  • 08 August 2015779. Karen L
    I support this petition
  • 08 August 2015778. Gernot W
    I support this petition
  • 05 August 2015777. Kerina F
    I support this petition
  • 03 August 2015776. Berend Frederikw
    I support this petition
  • 02 August 2015775. Winnie T
    State/Country Sarawak, Malaysia I want you to punish the person who like anal sex, including my own spouse.
  • 31 July 2015774. Lo Suetl
    I support this petition

browse all the signatures


Felix UnderwoodBy:
City LifeIn:
Petition target:
The Malaysian Government


No tags


Invite friends from your address book

Embed Codes

direct link

link for html

link for forum without title

link for forum with title